“Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?” Online Concert Footage by VOICES Chorale NJ

Voices Chorale NJ, Dec. 2019 at Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ

With no end in sight for this forced time away from rehearsals, the members of VOICES Chorale NJ are really missing singing together! Until they can perform again, they will be sharing inspiring music from their previous concerts online to stay connected with their audiences, each other, and the wonderful sounds of choral music.

“Can We Sing the Darkness to Light” by Kyle Pederson, performed in December 2019, has lyrics which seem particularly poignant in these troubled times (see below for the lyrics). The video features VCNJ accompanist Akiko Hosaki on the piano, with music director Dr. David A. McConnell conducting. This piece is available online by clicking here.

VOICES Chorale NJ is looking forward to sharing more music with the public. Meanwhile, they wish everyone peace, safety and good health, now and always.

Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?
What if instead of more violence,
we let our weapons fall silent?
No more revenge or retribution;
no more war or persecution.
It could be beautiful.
What if instead of our judgement,
we soften our hearts that have hardened?
Instead of certainty and pride
we love and sacrifice.
It could be beautiful.
Can we see the other as our brother?
Can we sing the darkness to light
sounding chords of compassion and grace?
Set the swords of judgement aside,
let mercy’s eyes see the other human face.
                                   –Kyle Pederson

Submitted by VOICES Chorale NJ

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